John A. Coakley

Academic Title

  • Lecturer, History

Administrative Support

  • Atlantic World
  • Colonial Americas
  • Maritime History
  • U.S. History to 1877

My research focuses on the political economy of the early English Caribbean. My publications and presentations have examined piracy, slavery, trading, and maritime law. He is currently working on a study of the central role played by pirates and other private sailors in seventeenth-century Jamaica.

  • Ph.D. History University of Wisconsin, Madison
  • M.A. History University of Wisconsin, Madison
  • B.A. History and Sociology Marlboro College
  • Atlantic Slave Trade
  • English Caribbean
  • Piracy and Privateering
  • (HIS 1106) U.S. History I: From Pre-Contact Through the Civil War and Reconstruction
  • (HIS 3434) Revolutionary America, 1760-1800
  • (HIS 3435) The Peoples of Early America
  • (HIS 3437) Civil War and Reconstruction
  • (HIS 3439) Slavery and Race in the Early Modern Atlantic World, 1400-1800

“Jamaica’s Private Seafarers: Politics and Violence in a 17th-Century English Colony,” in David Head, ed., The Golden Age of Piracy: The Rise, Fall, and Enduring Popularity of Pirates. University of Georgia Press, 2018.